Cuteness overload!

11 03 2011

Happy Friday everyone! I had to think about what day it actually was before writing that. Being on vacation, I forget what day of the week it is! Anyhow, Chloe is en route back to DC now and I head back tomorrow. Boo for vacation ending.

Oh, I told you that I was visiting someone very special to end my vacation. Well, that person is my cousin and her 2 month old baby!

Introducing Baby Laila!

Isn’t she just the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? I think I’ve said, “Oh my goodness, she’s sooooo cute!” like 50 bajillion times since I’ve arrived.

She’s super photogenic too, which isn’t surprising, since her mom is a professional photographer.  Check out some of her mom’s work here: Tara Molles Photography.

Today,  I get to watch Tara in action! She’s got a  shoot in the afternoon, and then afterward yours truly is having a photo shoot of my own! I’ll be decked out in my tri gear and hopefully I’ll be able to work the camera just like little Laila;). I’ll let you know when Tara posts some of my shots on her blog.

I saw another cutie while I was here:

That’s Buster, my Aunt and Uncle’s 6 month old pup. My Aunt and Uncle live about 20 minutes away from Tara, so we went over their place for dinner. My Aunt made a yummy home-cooked meal for us:

Corned beef (just in time for St. Patty’s day!)

Mashed potatoes


Corn bread

And of course, sweet tea. I am in the south, y’all;)

I haven’t had corned beef in AGES and this one was delicious! She had two crock pots going all day with two different corned beef recipes. One was pretty traditional, and the other had some orange flavor to it. I really liked the orange one; it was a creative twist on a classic. Shoot me an email if you want the recipe!

For dessert, she served this:

Holy deliciousness! This was like a chocolate chip cookie but in brownie form, topped with a chocolate glaze.  It was really sweet, but soooo good!!

Clearly, I enjoyed it.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this is the recipe for you! (Passed on to my by by Aunt, who got it from a friend. Thank you!!)



2 cups brown sugar

2/3 cup shortening

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking soda

12 oz chocolate chips

Chocolate glaze:

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup cocoa

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

How to:

Preheat oven to 350°.

Cream together brown sugar and shortening. Add the eggs and vanilla until blended well.

In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.

Add the dry ingredients to the we ingredients.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Pour into a greased 13 x 9 pan and bake for 25 minutes.

While its cooking, make the chocolate glaze:

In a small pan, mix and heat sugar, butter, cocoa, milk. Bring to a rolling boil for 1 and a half minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.

Poke holes in warm cake and pour glaze over it.

Serve warm. Maybe even top with some vanilla ice cream;-)


*Disclaimer: I am not responsible for a sugar rush or cavities that may result from partaking in this deliciousness.




One response

11 03 2011
Tara Molles

Oh My Gosh my baby is friggin adorable! You have some great smiles there!

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